Woody Sullender is a media artist and musician based in Queens, NY.

As a music practitioner (an internationally recognized experimental banjoist), Sullender's media works build upon musical concerns straddling the "live" performance (the physical event) and the "album" (the mediated). Recent projects focus on this feedback loop between physical/mediated experience, by utilizing video game software to mirror art venues (such as the Kitchen as well as Pioneer Works' Virtual Environments Lab) into virtual space as sites for performance - complete with Sullender transformed into a controllable avatar.

Sullender has performed internationally at venues such as the Kitchen, Issue Project Room (Brooklyn, NY), the River to River Festival, the Schindler House (Los Angeles), Knockdown Center (NYC), SculptureCenter (NYC), Abrons Art Center (NYC), Les Instants Chavirés (Paris), Chicago Cultural Center, DNK-Amsterdam (with Seamus Cater), and many others. He has worked with a diverse range of artists including Maryanne Amacher, Pauline Oliveros, Bruce McClure, Sergei Tcherepnin, Ei Arakawa, C. Spencer Yeh, Okkyung Lee, Fred Lonberg-Holm's Lightbox Orchestra, and members of Yarn/Wire. He recently completed the Art & Code cohort at NEW INC (partnered with Rhizome and the New Museum) and has been an artist in residence at numerous venues including Pioneer Works (Brooklyn), STEIM (Amsterdam), Harvestworks (NYC), and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (NYC). His work has been reviewed internationally by such widely disparate publications as Wire Magazine, Art in America, Fast Company, and Maximumrocknroll.

Other projects include the music album "Four Movements" constructed in video game space, as well as a special music review issue of EAR WAVE EVENT written entirely by AI. Additionally over the past few years, Sullender has worked on re-interpreting the work of Maryanne Amacher at venues such as the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and REDCAT (Los Angeles) as a member of Supreme Connections.

Among other activities, he is founding co-editor (will Bill Dietz) of the sonic arts publication EAR WAVE EVENT.


Any inquiries should be directed to:

me (-at-) woodysullender (-dot-) com